Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot looks set to atone for the mild disappointment of the two earlier pictures starring Marvel’s favourite family, but some fans have been wondering why, aside from two trailers, we haven’t seen any footage, and speculating that the film could be in trouble. During an interview with HitFix, writer Simon Kinberg explained that he, Trank and Fox want to showcase the best possible product, which explains the lack of footage at last year’s Comic-Con and the delayed teaser trailer release.
“We really just don’t want to show anything until it’s ready, until it looks great, and they show the real intention of the shot or the movie. Then we’ll show it. That’s why we’ve held on to so much. We held on to the Thing. We held on to Doom. We held on until we were further along”.
So it sounds like all is good. Some fans though are getting worried about something else – the departures it seems to be taking from the source material. Would you believe it I used to read the comics as a kid, and I can’t say that I was too pleased when I learnt that, instead of becoming exposed to cosmic radiation in space, Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm Ben Grimm and Victor Domashev travel to an alternate dimension that alters their physical forms. They’ve said they’re going for a grittier, more realistic approach with this film but I don’t see how the new origin is any more believable, and the whole thing is so fantastical [sorry] anyway I’m really don’t know how gritty and realistic it can possibly get.
Some folk have been uproar that Reed Richards apparently doesn’t stretch his body. This stems from a character breakdown on the official website of Fantastic Four where it says Richards can warp the space around him and appear to stretch his body into impossible forms and to incredible lengths. Therefore technically he’s not stretching his body, just looks like he is. Visually, as the trailer will ascertain, this makes no difference, but Kinberg felt obliged to explain:
“The intent was to try to explain the power with some sort of scientific explanation, but as you pointed out, most of his powers defy what we know about physics. The upshot of it is that he stretches in his movie. That is his power. That’s the simplest explanation.”
Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell. It hits cinemas on August 7th.